Where to go from Neighbourwoods Tree Inventory..

If you've reached this stage, you've likely been convinced of the need to maximize the benefits derived from the urban forest, and want to know where to start planning a course of action.

In this manual are the tools to start planning an inventory in your community.   Through an inventory process, a wealth of information can be collected as to the number of trees, their size, species, location and condition.  This data can be analyzed to show the age and structure the collective trees in your neighbourhood, and this in turn is vital information in planning for your urban forest.

The work of your community is meaningful because it creates awareness of urban forest issues, generates involvement in community affairs and show concern about your living environment.  The trees in your neighbourhood are a responsibility that the municipality can often not fulfill adequately because of constraints, but more to the point, the majority of trees, which are on private land, can be accounted for.

The collective inventories of communities all across urban areas will benchmark the state and condition of urban forests across different scales ( from towns to the nation), but more importantly, bring awareness and involvement to and in urban forest issues in may different communities: something that is badly needed today and in the future.

Once the data has been analyzed, a set of recommendations as to a course of action will follow.  It is important to make pro-active choices as a community on what actions will take place to enhance or at least conserve the trees in your neighbourhood.  A stewardship and management plans involve development of a vision or set of goals, a strategy to reach the objectives, and a time interval at which you assess the success or shortcomings of your strategy.  This is an ongoing process over time, and the neighbourhood residents must carry the momentum. 

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